Human rights community still under pressure: Police raid Enira Branitskaya’s flat

Enira Branitskaya. Photo: Facebook

On Tuesday, Belarusian security forces made an unexpected visit to Human Constanta lawyer Enira Branitskaya’s flat, human rights centre Viasna reports.

At first, security forces searched her parents’ home, as it is the place of Ms Branitskaya’s residency registration, then they came to her. Enira Branitskaya is known to have been at home with her two children at that time. There are also reports that her place has been cut off the electricity supply. Now the woman’s phone numbers are unavailable.

Earlier, the Belarusian authorities arrested human rights activists and Viasna volunteers Marfa Rabkova, Andrey Chapyuk, Leanid Sudalenka and others.

In March, the Main Department for Investigation of Crimes in the Sphere of Organised Crime and Corruption of the Central Office of the Belarusian Investigative Committee started probed into the activities of HRC Viasna and opened a criminal case under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organisation and active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order). According to officers of the Investigative Committee, Viasna allegedly provides funding and other material support for illegal mass events that pursue the goals grossly violating public order.

Human rights center ‘Viasna’ under investigation